Now, if you are from York you will know that York was once known as ‘The Chocolate City’, with Rowntree’s on Haxby Road and Terry’s in South Bank.   You probably (like me) have relatives that used to work in the factories (yay to bags of mis-shapes being brought home!).  To celebrate our chocolate history, Principal York have created a chocolate inspired afternoon tea, and we have been lucky enough to try it out!

afternoon tea menu principal york

Afternoon tea is served in the beautiful Garden Room overlooking the hotel grounds, with the Minster in the distance.  

chocolate afternoon tea Principal York review

You can choose to upgrade to Prosecco or Champagne with your afternoon tea (go on, you know you want to!).

afternnon tea review principal york

We started with the savoury course of a mix of finger sandwiches (think salmon, egg mayonnaise, ham and cream cheese).

There was also a delicious Wensleydale cheese and caramelised onion tartlet – served warm!

Once the savoury course was finished the traditional ‘afternoon tea tower’ was brought out with scones and cakes.

principal york afternoon tea

There was a plain scone and a white chocolate and cranberry scone each with two enormous ramekins of both jam and clotted cream.

Now, onto the sweets!  Below we have:

The ‘Nutty’
Classic Macaroon filled with Nutty flavoured Chocolate, sprinkled with Walnuts

The ‘Mint’
Dark Chocolate Brownie, Mint infused Mousse, topped with a fresh Raspberry,
& Mint Petit Four

And also, we have:

The ‘Orange’
Chocolate Orange Delice, Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Sponge, Orange flavoured Gel, freeze
dried Orange pieces & Blackberry

The ‘Creamy’
Caramelised White Chocolate Cream Choux covered in White Chocolate, Caramel glazed

The ‘Big One’
Aimed to share; Purple Brioche Crumb Choux Bun, filled with Hazelnut & Caramel

My friend’s favourite was the Caramelised White Chocolate Choux Bun, while mine was the Chocolate orange sponge – completely divine!

It’s a cracking afternoon tea – very generous portions and a very competitive price.  I also love the Garden Room for its relaxed atmosphere.  It’s got my seal of approval!

afternoon tea principal york

We were invited to attend to review the afternoon tea.  As always, all opinions expressed are my own.


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